As Apple fans go about updating their operating systems to iOS 12.1, they have been introduced to new and exciting features. One of such new introductions is throttling which is a performance management feature. The different devices that have received this update are iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8.
With this update, the smartphone’s processor is throttled as the battery degrades over a period of time. That way, the handset is prevented from shutting down randomly. But before you panic and get suspicious over what the features does, you will be excited to learn that all the control is in your hands. You can turn it off if you so desire.
Apple has in the past reported to United States Senators that the hardware updates the firm releases are not necessarily meant for the newest devices.
A key position that the company has maintained is that all its devices are kept under constant performance management so that various components can be protected.
According to a support page designed to give more info on the feature, the iPhone 8 and later devices are will continue receiving software and hardware updates with the aim of improving its accuracy on estimating the phone’s power needs and the battery’s power capability to maximize the system’s overall performance.
When you update your iOS to iOS 12.1, you make it possible for the system to precisely and mitigate unexpected shutdowns. Therefore, iPhone 8 and later devices are more likely to have an improved standing with regards to performance management.
That’s not to say that this update stops you from replacing your battery at one time. These rechargeable batteries will eventually get to a place where they degrade and may need to get a new one.
The good thing with updating to iOS 12.1 is that you will more likely improve the longevity of your battery. With time you will have to replace it ones it degrades.
Is Apple Breaking Trust?
Apple has in the past found itself on the wrong side of the law due to this behavior of throttling older devices.
Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM), Italy’s competition and market authority, launched an antitrust case against the tech giant which saw it settle a $5.7 million fine.
The object by AGCM was that Apple was silently slowly down its phones without informing customers or creating avenues through which the customers would go back to the previous version of the software.
With the newly included security features and the fact that the smartphones are not any older than a year, one wonders how much of a battery degradation would impact these gadgets. However, we are not surprised to see Apple decide to address this matter early enough.
You are not able to stop a battery from aging, but at least you now have the power to decide how fast your phone can deal with the decline.
Had Apple rolled out the performance management feature and forced customers to use it without being in control, chances are the firm would have had to deal with more law suits.